Cover Letter Examples

August 17, 2011  |   Career Coaching Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Many career coaching clients wonder what to put in a cover letter with their CV or Resume.  In this article we provide you with plenty of advice, hints and tips, as well a two example letters that you can use as templates to suit your own needs.

 

 

There are probably two main occasions when you may need a covering letter. You would use a covering letter when you are sending in your CV in response to a job advertisement. The second main occasion you would use a covering letter is when you are sending out your CV on a speculative basis e.g. to several companies where you would like to work to find out if there is an appropriate vacancy. Although this is about letters most of what is included would also apply to an email where you attach your CV or Resume.

 

 

 

Speculative Letter – Key Tips


 

Remember it’s your CV that will get you the interview, so a cover letter does not need to be a detailed set of reasons why you should be considered for the job. It should be brief, to the point and no more than 1 page in length.

 

  • Make sure that the layout is neat and the letter contains no errors. Get someone else to check the letter before you send it out
  • Don’t use dull opening sentences like ‘please consider my CV, which is attached, for any suitable vacancies that you may have..’ The most powerful opening is one where can show you understand something about the company e.g. it has recently relocated, or won a large contract. Alternatively you can start with a sentence that expresses your interest in the company, their products and services, or that they are well known as an excellent employer because of their training programmes (enter your own reason here)
  • You must write to a named individual, not the ‘Recruitment Manager’. Give the company a call and ask the operator for the name of the person you want. They will give you it in most cases. By using a name at the start of the letter you are also in a position to follow up your interest with that individual by phone
  • In paragraph one explain your interest in the company and that you are currently reviewing your career, exploring alternative employment opportunities
  • In paragraph two list the key skills/knowledge or attributes that you feel will be appropriate to the company. This should be no more than 5 or 6 bullet points
  • Paragraph 3 closes the letter and says you will call to follow-up on your letter. Make sure that you do follow-up
  • Do not send out a standard covering letter to 50-100 companies. It looks like you can’t be bothered to take the time to consider them individually and acts as a turn off to most recruiters. You can see from this list of tips the letter needs to be personalised to the specific company and the skills that you have in which they may be interested

 

 

Example Speculative Letter

18 Smith Terrace, Slough, Berkshire, S10 4HV

Tel 02134 567892

 

 

 

Mr S Downing

HR Manager

XYZ Limited

The Acres

Slough

Berkshire S10 7HU

 

7th October 2012

 

 

Dear Mr Downing

 

I noticed in the press that you are expanding your call centre facilities in Slough and believe that my skills and experience may be of interest to you.

 

From my CV you will note that I have:

  • Three years previous experience in a customer call centre
  • Strong telephone communication skills
  • The ability to work on my own or as a member of a team
  • Significant administrative experience
  • Extensive IT skills using Word and Spreadsheets

 

I hope that that my enclosed CV will be of interest to you. I will contact your office in the next two weeks to see if we can meet to discuss any suitable opportunities in your organisation.

 

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Peter Hampton

 

 

 

 

Cover Letter in Response to an Advert


 

  • Remember it’s your CV that will get you the interview, so a covering letter does not need to be a detailed set of reasons why you should be considered for the job. It should be brief, to the point and no more than 1 page in length.
  • Make sure that the layout is neat and the letter contains no errors. Get someone else to check the letter before you send it out
  • Wherever you can it is best to write to a named person. So if the advert says reply to the Sales Manager, call the company and ask for the name of the Sales Manager.
  • If the advert says respond to the HR Department you should address the letter Dear Sir or Madam
  • If a name is given in the advert use this. If a first name is used e.g. Daniel Peters, address the letter to ‘Dear Daniel’
  • Below the letter addressee put in a subject heading. This could include the job and must include any reference number included in the advert
  • The first paragraph should explain where you saw the job and that you are enclosing your CV
  • The second paragraph should highlight the specific skills you have that match the advertised position.
  • The third paragraph should close the letter. If the letter starts Dear Sir it should end with Yours faithfully. If it starts with a name it should end Yours sincerely.

 

 

Example Cover Letter in Response to an Advertisement

 

 

18 Smith Terrace, Slough, Berkshire S10 4HV

Tel 02134 567892

 

 

 

Mr S Downing

HR Manager

XYZ Limited

The Acres

Slough

Berkshire S10 7HV

20th August 2012

 

 

Dear Mr Downing

 

Subject: Application for the Position of Customer Services Associate – Reference 484


I would like to be considered for the position of Customer Services Associate which you advertised in the Slough Herald on 20th August. Please find enclosed a copy of my CV.

 

I believe my skills and experience match the job requirements well in that I have;

  • Three years previous experience in a customer call centre
  • Strong telephone communication skills
  • The ability to work on my own or as a member of a team
  • Significant administrative experience
  • Extensive IT skills using Word and Spreadsheets

 

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Peter Hampton

 

 

 

 

 

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